I sat in the stillness of the early morning with a new kind of peace. It came from deep inside, quiet, strong and sure.
It was a long time coming, this new kind of peace. It had always been there waiting for me, but every time it tried to come out of its hiding place, it was beaten back into the recesses of my heart by an enemy bent on blinding me to it.
My new kind of peace was strong though. It was patient and knew how to wait for me. My new kind of peace never gave up and was steady, not changing with the ebb and flow of my emotions. My new kind of peace understood me better than I understood myself. And it accepted the other one and felt their pain. My new kind of peace was not mine at all. It was His.
It was all about my identity.
Over the years I had found my identity in all sorts of things, good grades, awards and activities, my jobs, my relationships, being a wife and mother, and sadly, even in my mistakes and failures. The ups and downs associated with any of those things tended to dictate my level of peace and happiness. The truth was, the messiness of the ebb and flow of my emotions left me feeling at a loss most of the time. And very much far away from the peace I was seeking.
But that fact was conveniently folded away like an unnecessary piece of paperwork, tucked away into a sliver of a place where my heart could not dwell on it but always felt its presence. I didn’t want anyone to know. And it weighed on me.
Why couldn’t I be truly content and happy? I knew I should be. You see, I knew exactly where to find my peace. I grew up in church, and Jesus was my Savior. But there were things I needed to receive. There was a grace and a love so deep and so wide it had no boundaries. This love was something eternally present from the foundations of the world, and it was mine, but I couldn’t get that knowledge from my head to my heart.
Why were my emotions so dictated by what was going on around me? There was no steady-calm in my life although on the outside it appeared I had it all together.
The issue at hand was the problem of where I was finding my identity. All of that was wrapped up mostly in me, my accomplishments, and my ability to handle the responsibilities that God had laid in my lap. I was bound to make mistakes, some things would be a failure, and I didn’t have it all together.
In high school, if I didn’t get an A, I felt I should have worked and studied harder and that I could have done better. If I made any mistakes, I would beat myself up over them and dwell on them instead of learning from them and moving on. As I grew older, if I had conflict or misunderstandings in a relationship, I felt rejected, and I didn’t realize that conflict is part of growing closer. I felt I should be doing more and working harder, but that kind of life left me exhausted and feeling frustrated because I was able to reach the places I thought I should go.
It was perfectionism with a capital P, and it had me all bound up inside, wound so tightly that I was suffocating in its grip.
But when I finally started seeking a change, when I finally started letting go, when I began to let God’s truth dispel the lies that were holding me back, things began to change. I finally began to understand what He had been telling me all along through His Word, the songs He sent me, the people who loved me, and through quiet whispers deep in the sleepless nights.
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Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! (Isaiah 43:1b)
Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you. (Isaiah 43:4a)
You did not choose me, but I choose you. (John 15:16a, NASB)
This understanding, the knowing, the feeling this new kind of peace from deep down inside as the truth of who I really am changed me.
I am chosen and loved by Him. Precious. Accepted.
And you are, too. So very much. Can you feel His Word speaking this into your heart today?
This kind of understanding can give you a steady confidence and a peace that rises above the present situations you find yourself in. Knowing this will change everything for you.
Today, right now, listen to the truth about who you are. You are a precious daughter of the King, loved and cherished. This is your new kind of peace and mine, too. Let’s let this help us rise above our circumstances as He sets us high on the rock and the firm foundation of all that Jesus has done for us.
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What has helped you know the love and acceptance of God? How has finding your identity in Christ made a difference in your life?
Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you now ready to receive Your love. We are so distracted and busy that often we run right past Your open arms. Help us to run to you instead of running after the things of this world. In Jesus name, Amen.
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